On 22 February 2021 the Prime Minister announced his plans for emerging from the current lockdown and presented a roadmap with a step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England. The plans apply to all areas of England from the dates specified but are subject to the four tests outlined in the roadmap being met at each step.
Marriages and Civil Partnerships in England
The changes planned are:
- Step 1 (2nd stage): From 29 March – Legal limit of 6 attendees but no longer limited to ‘exceptional circumstances’
- Step 2: No earlier than 12 April - Legal limit of 15 attendees
- Step 3: No earlier than 17 May – Legal limit of 30 attendees
- Step 4: No earlier than 21 June – No legal limit on attendees (subject to the outcome of the scientific Event Research Programme – from April the government will run pilots for events such as large weddings to help determine how measures such as enhanced testing might allow large groups to attend without social distancing.)
As is currently the case, the number allowed to attend includes the couple, witnesses, and guests, but those working, such as registration officials and venue managers are not included.
The number of attendees permitted in our ceremony rooms continues to be limited to meet covid-secure requirements. The Riversley Suite Nuneaton, Pageant House Warwick, Bloxam Room Rugby limited to 8 guests, The Henley Room Stratford and The Register Office Warwick are limited to 2 guests. The registrars and couple are not included in these figures.
Guidance will change periodically, and we plan to issue updates as and when any changes are published.
Changes to Marriage Ceremonies from 4 May 2021
The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration Etc.) Act will come into force on 4 May 2021.
The Act provides for the modernisation of marriage registration for the first time since 1837, by introducing a marriage schedule system and registration in an electronic register.
Paper marriage registers will no longer be used by Registrars attending Civil ceremonies or be used for ceremonies taking place at churches and places of worship. You will no longer receive a handwritten marriage certificate at the ceremony.
Ceremonies in Warwickshire
Nestling in the heart of England, Warwickshire is home to some of the most idyllic and romantic towns and villages in the country. So many significant chapters of English history have been made in rural Warwickshire; we certainly have our fair share of fascinating historic buildings and celebrated gardens.
Culture in Warwickshire is a very special blend, bustling market towns brimming with history and charm providing vibrant hubs at the very heart of rural life and the countryside at its most green and pleasant providing breathtaking views of quintessential England which will provide a stunning backdrop for your special day.
If you have any questions or would just like to chat about your special day then please contact us on [email protected].